mastodon 2013 by cindy frey

It’s hard to believe that Leviathan dropped ten years ago. Hell, I remember flicking through an issue of Kerrang! (shut up, I was young and impressionable) and seeing people rave on and on about this band Mastodon that came, seemingly, out of nowhere. But just as I’m done baiting the Facebook page by telling everyone that it’s the best album they’ve ever done, Metal Injection goes and posts a recent interview with the band suggesting that they could possibly do a Leviathan anniversary show, playing the album in full. Sweet Jesus.

The interview done with Stereogum has Troy Sanders stating:

I was just told that we could do a handful of shows this summer where we just play Leviathan live. I think [the record] is great and I’m certainly a fan of longevity. I don’t know many bands that have stayed with the same four guys for the last 14 years. I’m proud of that and think it’s great we are still friends and have the same focus and drive. I remember the four of us were prouder of that record than any of the previous ones. And I’m still really proud of it. It’s still classic in my opinion. But it’s more difficult to create a set list for live shows when you have more material under your belt. This will be our seventh record. That’s sixty something songs and all of us have favorites. Some of us are maybe a little tired of some of them.

I don’t think any of us would be opposed to playing a Leviathan show and a handful of other songs. Today, I’m at my first band practice in nine months. We haven’t played old stuff and we leave soon for Australia. When the guys get here we’ll create a set list.


I don’t know about you, but I’d pay good money to see that kind of show.


– DL

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